My dog Sadie is an American Eskimo, seven years old. I had taken her to the vet because she had difficulty walking. She falls when she tries to go up the stairs, and her back legs cannot support her. She is in a lot of pain, and it breaks my heart. The vet said she has spinal problems and gave her a shot of steroids, but every day she is doing worse. I want her to be at rest.
How do I go about having her leave this world, in the easiest way possible? I think she belongs in heaven.
- Lillian J.
I understand your desire to give your wonderful dog relief from the pain she is experiencing, Lillian. I have an American Eskimo mix, and I know she always tries hard to keep going.
Your local SPCA or your local vet should be able to offer you a low-cost euthanasia. They can also take care of the body for you. Some people are reluctant to go to the vet because they are afraid to be judged as “giving up” on the dog. The opposite is true. You know your dog better than anyone else, and you know when it is time for her to stop suffering.
The vet who cared for her could euthanize her, but you can also ask for a lower-cost option at your local humane society or SPCA. The sooner you go, the less she will suffer. Thank you for being such a good, loving, responsible owner.